Bud Norris is the Astros’ highest-paid player and potential No. 1 starter during the 2013 season.
He’s also available to be traded and “drawing interest,” according to FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Norris, 27, recently signed a one-year, $3 million deal with Houston to avoid arbitration. He’ll compete with Lucas Harrell during spring training for the top slot in Houston’s rotation.
Norris acknowledged less than two weeks ago he was uncertain whether he’d return to the Astros this season after the 2012 campaign ended. The 6-foot, 230-pound righthander was mentioned often in trade talks during the MLB winter meetings last December and Houston has remained open to trading him at the right price.
The Astros could have as many as 10 pitchers competing for five spots during camp.
Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday no deals are imminent following the Jed Lowrie trade. However, the Astros’ main goal in 2013 is to continue acquiring some of the best young talent in baseball and a Norris deal could allow Houston to further its efforts.
Astros’ Bud Norris reportedly available and ‘drawing interest’
Houston Chronicle | Feb 6